Illinois consumers can choose their electricity supplier, and Illinois Counties, Townships, Cities, Villages, and Towns have the opportunity to allow their residents to pool their purchasing power through Municipal Electric Aggregation (MEA).
Over 650 Illinois municipalities have used their MEA authority to:
- Save an estimated $420 million in electricity costs;
- Exceed the minimum statewide Renewable Portfolio Standard by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits and Energy; and,
- Assisted over 70% of Illinois consumers in negotiating fair and safe electricity supply agreements.
The Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network (ICCAN) has worked with 65 Illinois communities to establish and operate their own municipal aggregation programs. While ICCAN clients are diverse, they all generate significant benefits for their residents:
- ICCAN clients are located throughout the Ameren Illinois and Commonwealth Edison Service regions; and,
- ICCAN clients range in size from the Village of Table Grove (population 396) to the City of Chicago (population 2.7 million)
ICCAN clients represent some of the most forward-thinking communities in the state. Some of their leading innovations include:
- Meet or Beat Pricing where the supplier’s contract price must always meet or beat the utility price for electricity;
- Individual Renewables where individual consumers can decide for themselves to purchase additional renewable energy resources; and,
- Resource-Specific Supply where the supplier must certify the source of the electricity delivered to aggregation program participants.
Illinois is an electricity choice state, and MEA allows local government to conduct due diligence, select suppliers, and negotiate contracts to help their resident make the right choice. Review our free Road Map to Choice for your community.